Why swapping your daily coffee for a herbal tea will improve your health

Chris Gill September 06, 2017
Why Swapping Your Daily Coffee for a Herbal Tea Will Improve Your Health

Last edited: February 19th 2019

Cover your ears, coffee lovers. It may be time to swap your daily brew for a hot pot of herbal tea in the name of health.

Not just a fad, herbal teas are popping up all over to serve health devotees (with added health benefits), even replacing a long black or skim cappuccino for some.

Feeling sluggish after the caffeine boost has worn off? We’ve done the research for you on why that may be, and how a change in your morning drink could improve your health for years to come. 

The caffeine in tea and coffee might have you soon reaching for a tasy herbal alternative...

What does coffee/caffeine do to the body?

As caffeine is a central body stimulant, it impacts your body in several different ways. While the majority of people will opt for caffeine in some form and use as intended, the immediate health effects might make you consider cutting back or swapping for a herbal infusion instead.

At first, there’s no doubt you’ll feel a burst of energy after your morning cup of coffee, but as the day (and years) wear on, caffeine can increase the likelihood of anxiety and insomnia.

If you drink more than a cup a day and then go cold turkey, you’ll notice headaches from withdrawal. This overuse of caffeine can cause irritability and drowsiness when not fulfilled. You may physically react after what your body deems ‘too much’ caffeine with heartburn and high blood pressure – yikes!

Despite this, coffee is linked regularly to physical performance and athletes. As mentioned, caffeine works as a stimulant, meaning if you’re physically fit, this will cause the nervous system to break down body fat mixed with a high-intensity exercise regime.

Generally, a coffee a day won’t do you any harm. But the alternative is pretty sweet...

Swap your coffee for a cup of tea

What type of tea can I replace my coffee with and why?

It can be hard to know what to drink instead of coffee. Herbal tea can be an unfamiliar world when you’re used to your double shot soy flat white. But there are many benefits of herbal tea as it's loaded with powerful antioxidants. Getting your head around what will work best for you and your lifestyle is the start of a more productive, better hydrated day.

Ginger Tea:

Popular in Ayurvedic medicine, Ginger increases energy (perfect for the morning) and does wonders for any tummy troubles you may have. 

Lemongrass Tea:

Also used to aid digestion, Lemongrass is known to reduce bloating and also help with those annoying, possibly coffee-induced, headaches.

Peppermint Tea:

A lifesaver in cold and flu season, peppermint will get rid of that pesky running nose and protect against a worsening cough or mild aches and pains. Bonus: menopausal women claim peppermint gives hot flushes the flick.

Chamomile Tea:

A tea for dreamers, chamomile is great if you’re struggling to nod off at night. Used to treat insomnia, you’ll be sound asleep in no time after a calming cup of chamomile. Is there caffeine in chamomile? We can assure you, there isn't. Is chamomile tea good for you? We can assure you, it is.

Hibiscus Tea:

For those experiencing high blood pressure from overuse of caffeine, hibiscus is the tea for you – known to lower blood pressure and reduce hypertension.

Lavender Tea:

A jack-of-all-trades, Lavender is known to help with everything from asthma and bronchitis to lowering body temperature and treating fevers. 

Is there caffeine in green tea?

Often an acquired taste, green tea is a popular alternative to coffee as it holds that key ingredient we’re so reluctant to live without – caffeine. Switching from green tea to coffee can have its benefits, especially if you’re trying to lose a few kilograms with a healthy diet and exercise. It’s widely known that green tea, unlike coffee, has antioxidants that can aid in repairing a low immune system.

Besides a boost to your general health, green tea also has impressive compounds that work to make your brain function better. It sounds vague, but other than caffeine, green tea has the amino acid L-theanine, which is known to have anti-anxiety effects on the brain. Dopamine in every cup! This undoubtedly makes green tea a top health tea.

Green tea has a number of amazing benefits

How can I make the switch?

Like changing any habit, completely ditching it all together will have you crawling back for more. The only way to truly make an impact on your health is to first, decrease your current intake of coffee, and second, start introducing a herbal tea once or twice a day into your regular routine.

Begin your journey with teas that have similar tastes to coffee, for example, full-bodied black teas. As you adjust, drop the caffeine. Many Japanese teas are roasted and give similar aromas to a hot brew of black coffee.

Cast your vote in the comments: herbal tea or coffee?

You may also like

What To Gift a Newborn Baby


What To Gift a Newborn Baby

We’re a big fan of gifts that are both functional and comfy. Our brand was built with practicality, ease, function and comfort in mind. It was a collective passion, drive and demand for a simpler wardrobe made from sustainable fabrics that supported the everyday lifestyle that drives our brand identity. So when it comes to gifts for a newborn - what better gift than something that is good for them and the planet. A baby’s first wardrobe starts here. Boody Baby is an adorable collection of practical, Australian made baby clothing essentials created from organic bamboo. Perfect for play and sleep, the stretchy fit of our bamboo baby wear clothes is super soft on your bub’s delicate skin. Discover warm baby beanies, booties, baby blankets, bodysuits and more. All designed with zero waste and with your baby and the planet in mind. Natural fabrics - like certified organically grown bamboo are best for a newborn’s delicate skin, as they are breathable, soft and thermoregulating. If we think about baby clothes , including singlets, bodysuits and mittens - choosing natural fibres is the gentlest choice and the most functional gift of them all.  To make gift-giving for newborns easier, we have compiled a list of what to buy.  Okay, what size do I choose?  On average, babies are born between 3-4kg, which generally means a size 0000. You can choose something for them to wear now (newborn) or something for them to grow into. See our size guide for help.   Baby Sleeveless Bodysuit Introducing the Baby Sleeveless Bodysuit, gentle on their delicate skin and kind to the planet. Created for warmer days and nights, the Baby Sleeveless Bodysuit is designed with no sleeves and features snap buttons at the crotch for easy dressing and undressing. Finished with our signature trim and overlocked hem, our naturally breathable baby bodysuit is easy to wear and wash. This bodysuit is a staple in our collection of organic baby clothes. - Snap buttons at crotch for easy dressing and undressing - Signature trim - Round neckline Baby Long Sleeve Top Introducing the Baby Long Sleeve Top, gentle on their delicate skin and kind to the planet. Our Baby Long Sleeve Top will keep your little one protected and comfortable while busy playing and exploring. Featuring a Round neckline, snap buttons on the shoulder for easy dressing and undressing and overlocked hems, our Baby Long Sleeve Top is easy to wear and wash. Mix and match this baby top with our assorted bottoms including our Baby Pull-On Pants and Baby Pull-On Shorts.  - Round neckline - Snap buttons on the shoulder for easy dressing and undressing - Overlocked hems Baby Pull-on Pants Introducing the Baby Pull-on Pants, gentle on their delicate skin and kind to the planet. Our Baby Pull-on Pants make getting dressed in the mornings easier with an elasticised, wide waistband for comfort and drawstrings at the waist. Our Baby Pull-on Pants pull on with ease and are designed to accommodate bulky nappies. Mix and match these baby pants with our assorted tops including our Baby Long Sleeve Top and our Baby T-Shirt.  - Elasticised, wide waistband for comfort - Drawstrings at waist - Designed to accommodate bulky nappies Baby Socks - 3 Pack Introducing our Baby Socks, gentle on their delicate skin and kind to the planet. Our Baby Socks are perfect for every day. Breathable and soft, they feature an elasticised ribbed top for comfort all day long. With a non-slip sole, our bamboo socks for babies are crafted with a little stretch for the perfect fit. Discover our Baby Socks - 3 packs, including 2 plain pairs, 1 striped pair.  - Each pack contains three pairs of socks: 2 plain pairs, 1 striped pair - Soft, elasticised ribbed top for comfort all day long - Non-slip sole for safety Stretch Jersey Wrap for Babies Introducing our Stretch Jersey Wrap for Babies, gentle on their delicate skin and kind to the planet. Our Stretch Jersey Wrap for Babies is super soft and super stretchy for easy swaddling. Simply double it over, wrap, pull firm and tuck the ends in well to keep your little one comfortable. Our bamboo baby wrap is the most gentle touch on a little one's sensitive skin - Size: 100cm x 100cm / 39" x 39" in - Contrast edging all around - Super stretchy fabric for easy swaddling   Mindful Gifting  Our bamboo, Australian made baby clothes and accessories are packaged in a 100% recyclable paper box printed with vegetable-based inks. For the ultimate packaging - wrapped in a cloth following the furoshiki technique.  Discover our Baby bamboo clothes collection today. Looking to see our collection worn on very adorable little ones? Follow @boodybabyau

The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Zero-Waste Living


The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Zero-Waste Living

So, you have heard the term zero-waste and you’re interested to learn more. A zero-waste lifestyle is about being mindful and considered in your everyday actions. A zero-waste lifestyle is a journey and the notion of avoiding, reducing and eliminating waste from your home and habits will not happen in an instant. The idea of waste-free living is about making considered decisions that are simple everyday swaps. While this lifestyle has a real, community-wide impact, it simply starts with you and your everyday actions.

Boody x Charlie Evans


Boody x Charlie Evans

Last week, in celebration of our New Nude collection, we hosted a 'nude' art class with @_artbycharlie. Charlie led the class, discussing abstract figurative techniques and started with a drawing exercise, focusing on the lines of the body, shapes, movement, negative and positive space, placing and composition. Our models were in the nude - Boody nudes. They each showcased the new colours and were the drawing focus of the class. Depending on your skin tone, everyone's version of nude is different. We believe that every line, fold, curve, shape, and colour that makes you you is something to celebrate. Our class was inspired by nude being a state of being, not a colour.  Discover our collaboration below with images of the day.  Shop nudes.